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Windmill noise study creates no buzz

Huron County planners won't take action on a noise study funded by a group critical of windmills in the Thumb. Residents for Sound Economics and Planning paid $3,000 for an ambient noise study by Richard James of E-Coustic Solutions in Okemos.

Huron County planners won't take action on a noise study funded by a group critical of windmills in the Thumb.

Residents for Sound Economics and Planning paid $3,000 for an ambient noise study by Richard James of E-Coustic Solutions in Okemos.

At a meeting last week of the Huron County Planning Commission, members heard from James and officials with Noble Environmental Power, a Connecticut company that conducted its own noise studies as part of plans to build windmills near Ubly.

James contends that a county zoning ordinance for windmills allows them to be too loud for a rural area. Noble officials say they stand by their study.

Russ Lundberg, county building and zoning director, said planners weren't swayed by James' study and that commissioners don't plan to take action in relation to his findings.

Lundberg said the zoning ordinance for windmills was crafted using models from Wisconsin and across the country. The ordinance allows the turbines to be as loud as 50 decibels, or ambient noise plus 5 decibels, at 1,000 feet.

''That's comparable to the refrigerator in your house or your clothes dryer,'' he said. ''The long and short of it is at 1,000 feet you're... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Huron County planners won't take action on a noise study funded by a group critical of windmills in the Thumb.

Residents for Sound Economics and Planning paid $3,000 for an ambient noise study by Richard James of E-Coustic Solutions in Okemos.

At a meeting last week of the Huron County Planning Commission, members heard from James and officials with Noble Environmental Power, a Connecticut company that conducted its own noise studies as part of plans to build windmills near Ubly.

James contends that a county zoning ordinance for windmills allows them to be too loud for a rural area. Noble officials say they stand by their study.

Russ Lundberg, county building and zoning director, said planners weren't swayed by James' study and that commissioners don't plan to take action in relation to his findings.

Lundberg said the zoning ordinance for windmills was crafted using models from Wisconsin and across the country. The ordinance allows the turbines to be as loud as 50 decibels, or ambient noise plus 5 decibels, at 1,000 feet.

''That's comparable to the refrigerator in your house or your clothes dryer,'' he said. ''The long and short of it is at 1,000 feet you're not going to hear it.''

Lundberg said Noble officials plan to conduct further sound studies for an additional phase of the project, to add seven additional windmills in Sheridan Township, adding to 41 already planned for construction in adjacent Bingham Township starting this summer.

 



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APR 10 2007
https://www.windaction.org/posts/8231-windmill-noise-study-creates-no-buzz
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